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Himalayan Sweet Box, Sarcococca hookeriana

Common Name: Himalayan Sweet Box

Type: shrub/groundcover

Family: Buxaceae

Zone: 6 to 8          Find Your Zone

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Width: 4 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: March

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: shade to partial shade

Soil: fertile, acidic, moist, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Deer resistant: Yes

This plant is known for its very fragrant flowers that bloom in late winter and into the spring. Shiny black fruit (drupes) follow its flowers in spring. This unique evergreen shrub grows well in the shade and gets much wider than it does tall. This plant makes a great groundcover and looks great as a mass planting. This plant is truly unique, as it need little attention once it is planted.

The beautiful, dark green foliage is as impressive as the strong honey-like fragrance that this plant puts off. Take a look at our article titled 10 Brilliant Winter Flowering Plants.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-09-13T15:09:41+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL